Several Chattanooga area schools selected to receive computer science courses from Amazon
Over 1,000 high schools across the United States, including some in the Tennessee Valley, will be receiving computer science courses courtesy of Amazon.
The courses will be funded through the Amazon Future Engineer program.
"Amazon today announced it will fund computer science courses in more than 1,000 high schools across all 50 states and the District of Columbia reaching tens of thousands of students from underprivileged, underrepresented, or underserved communities, through its Amazon Future Engineer program." an Amazon spokesperson explained.
Over 700 of the 1,000 schools chosen are classified as Title I schools.
"Amazon’s funding provides full-year courses designed to inspire, prepare and propel students of all backgrounds to pursue a computer science education and career," the spokesperson explained.
In Tennessee, 25 schools were selected. Four of those schools are in the Chattanooga area.
“As technologies advance and the workforce is changing, we want to ensure students in Chattanooga and Hamilton County are not only prepared but feel confident pursuing careers in STEM and computer sciences. Amazon Future Engineer provides students of all ages and demographics the education, tools and skills needed to succeed in these important fields,” Mayor Berke told Confidant, a PR firm speaking on behalf of Amazon.
Hixson High School, Soddy Daisy High School, Ooltewah High Schools and CHIPS Learning Services were chosen to receive the courses.
"The more than 1,000 high schools will offer Intro to Computer Science and AP Computer Science classes through curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students," the Amazon spokesperson added. "All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate, which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing."
For more information about Amazon's Future Engineer program, visit Edhesive's website.